Indiana Tops North Carolina Central, 72-56
Nov. 23, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -Christian Watford scored 17 points and Jordan Hulls added 15 as Indiana held off North Carolina Central 72-56 on Tuesday night.
The Hoosiers are off to their first 5-0 start since 2002-03.
"I think this game was exactly what we thought it would be," said IU Coach Tom Crean. "That's a well-coached team. Coach (LeVelle) Moton is doing an excellent job there. He's got one of the more improved teams from one year to the next that I've seen, judging from his first couple of games with Oklahoma and Miami."
But it wasn't easy for Indiana.
The Eagles took a 20-19 lead midway through the first half and were within 27-24 with 3:09 left. But Indiana scored the final seven points to make it 34-24 at halftime - courtesy of Victor Oladipo's 60-foot buzzer-beating heave.
North Carolina Central closed to 38-35 early in the second half, but Indiana answered with an 11-0 run and the Eagles never again got closer than seven.
The Hoosier bench outscored the Eagle reserves 30-4, paced by sophomore Derek Elston who had nine points, six boards and two blocked shots and junior Daniel Moore who had seven points and two rebounds in the closing minutes of the game. Senior Jeremiah Rivers had five points, six rebounds, a block and two steals.
"We got a lot of good basketball from different people, to go 30 points off the bench is really a positive for us," noted Crean. "It was good to have Derek (Elston) back. That's not a CNN newsflash. It was good to have him there scoring in the post, being aggressive and alert, playing with a lot of energy. I thought he did an excellent job defensively and on the defensive glass."
The game also marked the first regular season appearance for junior Matt Roth since the second game of last season. He played six minutes.
"It was good to have Matt (Roth) back," said Crean. "It was the first time all year that we've had everybody available to play for us, so that was a positive. We got very good contributions from different people."
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